Elementary school teacher Michelle Young debuted Tuesday night as The Bachelorette franchise's third Black lead. "Members of the Bachelor Nation fan base are also hopeful that the Minnesota elementary school teacher — the show’s third Black leading lady — will help bring sustained and meaningful change to the Bachelor franchise, which has been rocked by charges of systemic racism and cultural insensitivity throughout its 19-year run," says Greg Braxton. "For the first time, a Bachelor series will feature a Black lead, a Black co-host — former Bachelorette Tayshia Adams — and a Black executive producer. Jodi Baskerville, who has worked as a producer on the Bachelor franchise and other reality series, is the show’s first Black executive producer. The presence of three Black women in such prominent roles will bring additional attention to the 18th season of The Bachelorette, particularly after the franchise’s efforts to reverse its troubled past, following last year’s protests against racial injustice, ended in scandal."
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